By Aradhna Sharma
Till now gardening has been considered as a hobby, something to do in the bright spring summer days. But during the Coronavirus pandemic, gardening has emerged as a therapeutic activity.
Psychologists have been saying in their research for many years now, but it was not until the lock-down that people have realized that gardening can be emotionally helpful and rejuvenating.
Gardening teaches us to be patient, to live in the moment. Sowing seed and then checking on it every day to see sign of life gives us hope. Recently, for the first time, I sowed parsley seeds in a pot. For the first few days there was nothing and then one morning I noticed thin shoots coming out! I was elated to see the fruit of my little labor! A lesson I learned, gardening gives you a both sense of responsibility and satisfaction. You feel responsible for the seeds you have sowed, which can be connected to the greater spiritual meaning of karma of you reap what you sow.
As humans we are nurturers, we nurture families, we build homes and businesses, we nurture our friendships and relationships and gardening helps us understand the value of nurturing relationships. Watching a plant grow, bear fruits and flowers gives a sense of accomplishment and enhances self-confidence and happiness quotient of the mind.
Planning a summer garden is easy, the long summer days give you a lot of time to spend in the garden. Flowers like Yarrow, Carnations, Hibiscus, Gladiolus, Begonias, all flourish well in warm and sunny weather. Also, summer months are a good time to plant veggies like sweet potatoes, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, squash.
So, plan your summer garden today and spend some quality time with yourself and your garden!